The University of the Philippines once again took the headline when its College of Humanities announced Tuesday that it will be honoring National Democratic Front (NDF), founder, and communist leader Jose Maria Sison, with an honorary degree on Doctor of Humanities.
Sison worked as professor in literature and was one of the professors of President Rodrigo Duterte before he was exiled in The Netherlands after former President Corazon Aquino took office on 1986.
The UP’s College of Humanities announcement came as surprise to many critics and victims of the New People’s Army.
It is not clear how the college give Sison’s honor when the latter is not allowed to enter the Philippines.
Sison’s communist group is responsible for the deaths of more than 40,000 people since its creation more than four decades ago.
The announcement was publish on the summer issue of The Philippine Collegian – UP’s official school newspaper.
The article says, “Sison help changed the course of the Philippines in the last three decades”, though it did not explain if Sison made the country better, or worse.
Militant leaders Satur Ocampo, Teddy Casiño, Renato Reyes, and others, welcomed the announcement, saying, “This is a big victory for the Communist Party of the Philippines”.
The government is mum on the said announcement. /Sam Brillantes/
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